Sunday, 14th March 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Borrowdale, Roundthwaite Common, Borrowdale Edge, Huck’s Bridge, Ashstead Fell ,Mabbin Crag, Castle Fell, Whinfell Beacon, Grayrigg Forest
Start Point: Borrowdale Woods Grid Reference: NY 606 015
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 3,300 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: A dry day with a mixture of cloud and sun. A cold breeze on exposed ridges but quite warm in the lee.
Comments: Ten walkers set off on this walk over the ridges surrounding Borrowdale. After a couple of kilometres of muscle warming, we left the track to climb to Roundthwaite Common. With views of the snow-capped peaks of the Lake District in the distance, we followed the ridge north west before descending into Borrowdale again via Breasthigh Road. Although the water level in Borrowdale Beck was quite low, it was not low enough for us to use the ford, so we carried on to the A6 and Huck’s Bridge. Heading uphill once more we reach the summit of Ashstead Fell and follow the ridge to Mabbin Crag, the highest point of the day. Taking advantage of a sunny sheltered spot below Mabbin Crag we stopped for lunch. After lunch we continued along the ridge over Castle Fell, Whinfell Beacon and Grayigg Forest. At the trig. point we turned north to descend into Borrowdale and back to the cars.

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The team gathers at Borrowdale Woods . . .

 

and we are soon joined by a few 'extras'

 

Ian studies Borrow Beck . . .

 

as he crosses the footbridge

 

Making our way through the valley, it isn't long before . . .

 

we start to climb . . .

 

towards Roundthwaite Common . . .

 

with great views back down the valley . . .

 

and across to a 'snowy' High Street

 

The wall provides some shelter from the cool breeze when we stop for our morning coffee

 

We decide to give the ford a miss today . . .

 

and continue along to . . .

 

Huck's Bridge

 

After crossing the bridge . . . 

 

we make our way up the ridge to . . .

 

Ashstead Fell . . .

 

where Ruth takes a good look at the views

 

Phil and Ruth tackle a short scramble as we continue on to . . .

 

Mabbin Crag . . .

 

before heading down to . . .

 

an ideal spot . . .

 

for a lunch break

 

Castle Fell is soon followed by . . .

 

Whinfell Beacon

 

Borrowdale Valley comes into view again . . .

 

as we approach the Repeater Station on our way to . . .

 

Grayrigg Forest, from where there is a good view of . . .

 

the Howgills

 

And finally a grassy descent takes us back down to the cars

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